"I worked on a variety of projects related to improving the health of Somalis. The majority of my internship revolved around working with the founders of two Somali healthcare startups, OGOW Health and Hello Caafi, to scale their solutions in a sustainable manner. My internship will conclude with a case study that I will write on OGOW Health. Although not related to the Response Innovation Lab, I also helped create educational tools for virtual training courses for East African healthcare workers offered by the Palliative Care for Humanitarian Aid Situations and Emergencies organization.
Previous coursework I have taken in international development, anthropology, etc. were directly useful as I worked on my deliverables during my internship. My experiences outside the classroom—research, leadership, etc.— also helped me navigate a new work environment and allowed me to be more self-sufficient while also remembering to take initiative, skills which are crucial in a remote-work setup. Overall, the analytical, evidence-based, mission-driven mindset I have developed at MIT helped me make the most of my experience working abroad this summer!"